After its smear-filled coverage of the Canadian truckers’ protest over anti-vaccine mandates, now shuttered by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s authoritarian government, The New York TimesIt is inciting fears that similar protests will occur in New Zealand as well.
“A Truck Caravan With Far-Right Links Heads to Washington, D.C.,” Shawn Hubler and Alan Feuer reported from California for Thursday’s edition. The reporters described right-leaning protests, which were often described as conspiracy, as organic. The American truckers certainly didn’t get the soft Black Lives Matter treatment for their own protest:
Although it was advertised as an “adventure”, grass-roots, nonpartisan eventA trucker protest was organized to resist government Covid-19 regulations. It left California on Wednesday for Washington, D.C. It appeared that they were closely aligned to far-right groups and activists.
Many of those behind the demonstration, which was planned as an American version of the past month’s chaotic Canadian protest, have connections to the violent attack on the Capitol in January 2021, or supported the lie that fraud in the 2020 presidential election was to blame for Donald J. Trump’s loss.
A protest by American truckers has been in the news for over a month. It was inspired by one that passed through Canada. The trucker protest demanded an end to the mandate that truckers who cross the border between the U.S. and Canada must be vaccinated against Covid-19.
This is a typical example TimesAssociating guilt with other people:
Yet another group, the American Foundation for Civil Liberties and Freedom, which is raising money for the truckers, hosted an event in Los Angeles last summer at which participants promoted baseless claims that there were widespread irregularities in the presidential voting results in Michigan.
TimesNew Zealand’s Pete McKenzie was the reporter who got in on it. Online headlines revealed the absurdity of this story:
New Zealand Protest, an Echo of Canada’s, Digs In and Turns Ugly
The occupation of a capital building demonstrates its importance. American disinformation is dangerously influentialHaving on other stable democracies.
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Canada’s antigovernment protests have been stopped. Yet, 9,000 miles further away is the capital of another Western democracy. Unaccustomed to the violence of tears within the social fabric, an occupation on Parliament grounds has become more ominous and entrenched.
Hundreds of demonstrators opposed to New Zealand’s Covid-19 vaccine mandate are in their third week of encampment in Wellington, erecting tents, illegally parking vehicles and establishing communal kitchens and toilets in a deliberate echo of the Canadian siege.
Initially, the New Zealand occupation had a carnival atmosphere, with a popcorn stand and a doughnut truck and a number of children brought in by their parents….
In recent days, however, after the police moved to evict some protesters, the demonstration has grown more violent….
At the end of the day, anti-government protests have become a thing of the past. The Times, but “dangerous,” at least when they target left-wing governments overseas:
Although the protesters may be a minority, it is noticeable in New Zealand where Covid-19 was fought with such effectiveness. Experts say that the escalating violence and words show the danger of American disinformation spreading around the globe.